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July 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 12

July 12th is known as New Conversations Day and Etch A Sketch Day.

Today marks the 193rd day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 172 days left until the end of the year.

Those of you who were born on July 12 share the Cancer star sign.

If this day is your birthday or special to you in some way, then you’ll want to learn all about the past events that all fell on July 12.

Did you know that on this day in 2000, the movie “X-Men” premiered in New York? The premiere took place on Ellis Island, the location of the film’s final battle.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 12th in history!

What Happened On July 12 In History?


Sandra Oh became the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy for her lead role in Killing Eve.

Source NY Times

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” premiered in Paris, France.


Seven people were killed when a French passenger train derailed in Brétigny-sur-Orge.

The accident was the most serious train crash in France since the 1988 Gare de Lyon accident, in which 56 people lost their lives.

The “X-Men” film premiered in New York on Ellis Island.

Since Ellis Island plays an important role in the movie, the premiere was held at that location. Two days later, the film opened in thousands of theaters across North America.

Basketball player Michael Jordan was offered the richest NBA one-year contract of $30 million from the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan signed the deal for the 1996-97 season with the Chicago Bulls, and little did he know that one year later, he would be offered $33 million to stay with Chicago Bulls.

The musical “Sunset Boulevard” by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened at the Adelphi Theater in London.

The show was incredibly popular and ran for 1,529 performances but had to be stopped due to losing money for being an expensive production.

The Rolling Stones had their first performance at the Marquee Club in London.


Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to fly in a helicopter.

Source CNN

Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was shot in a pistol duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

OTD in 1804: Secretary of the Treasury

British explorer James Cook returned to England.

OTD in 1771: British explorer James Cook returned to England.
His journey from Batavia (modern day Jakarta in Indonesia) wasn't the easiest as many of his crew suffered from malaria.

Under the rule of King Charles II of England, the Habeas Corpus Parliament was dissolved.

The Habeas Corpus Act was established on March 6, 1679.

The Saxon King Æthelstan of Southern England was the first successful king to take over Northern England.

In Saxon, England, there were many rulers of each area. On this day, King Constantine II of Alba, King Hywel Dda of Deheubarth, Ealdred of Bamburgh accepted King Æthelstan's overlordship. He was the first successful king to take over both northern and southern England.

Did you know that on this day, July 12th 2000, the movie "X-Men" premiered in New York?